LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has once again ignored Mohammad Hafeez and demoted former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to the central list of 2021-22 contracts.
PCB today announced the long-awaited central contracts for the men’s team promoting Hassan Ali and Mohammad Rizwan to category A.
“This is an improved and performance-based 2021-22 central contract list for 20 elite male cricketers, including three emerging cricketers, in which match fees in all formats were equalized, “the statement read.
The 12-month contracts will run from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
The list was finalized by the panel consisting of Director – International Cricket, Zakir Khan, Head Coach Muhammad Wasim and Director – High Performance, Nadeem Khan, who also consulted with Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq and Captain Babar Azam as part of the process.
The provisional list was then shared with PCB CEO Wasim Khan before being approved by PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani.
Demotion of promotion
According to the details, the PCB was demoted former Pakistani captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to category C while Mohammad Hafeez was again ignored.
In the central list of 2021-22 contracts, Hassan Ali and Mohammad Rizwan were offered Category A contracts. Hassan Ali had missed the contract last year due to injury, but after his excellent performance in 2020- 21 and in anticipation of the 2021-22 season, he was placed in category A.
Rizwan was recognized for his consistent performance in all formats, with the PCB awarding him the Category A contract.
Likewise, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Nawaz and Nauman Ali have also been offered core contracts in recognition of their contributions and performance during the 2020-21 season.
Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain, who were in the emerging category last year, were promoted to category C, while youngsters Imran Butt, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir were placed in the emerging category.
Players missing the core contracts include Asad Shafiq, Haider Ali, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shan Masood and Usman Shinwari.
However, they remain firmly in the managers’ plan for the coming season and have the potential to land contracts for the 2022-23 season, subject to performances in the 2021-22 season.
Revised salary scales
The PCB has also revised the player compensation packages, after which top tier players will get a 25% increase, however, there is no match fee increase for Test, ODI, and T20I.
In addition, Category B players will also benefit from a 25% increase. Test match fees have been increased by 15%, ODI match fees have increased by 20%, and T20I match fees have increased by 25%.
In addition to a 25% increase, Category C cricketers will get a 34% increase in test match fees, a 50% increase in ODI and a 67% increase in T20I.
However, players in the emerging category got a 15% increase with a 34% increase in test match fees, a 50% increase in ODI and a 67% increase in T20I.
“Doors open for those who are ignored”
PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said selecting 20 players from a large number of quality cricketers was always a difficult task and thanked the panel for their diligent work.
“In the new roster, we’ve seen eight new players emerge who have now secured core contracts. Due to the competitive nature of the central contract system, nine players who had contracts in 2020-21 unfortunately missed this opportunity. “
Khan said the door remains firmly open for these players and that they will continue to stay within the managers’ plans.
“The emerging category recognizes and rewards emerging talent. We have seen the emergence of Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain move from an emerging category to category C, and people like Imran Butt, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir move into the emerging category. The emerging category remains a platform for young players to enter the central contract system.
“Matching match fees means that all players who go together to represent Pakistan will receive the same match fees regardless of what category they are in, whether or not they have a core contract.
“Despite the difficult economic climate, we, as the Pakistan Cricket Board, believe it is important to continue to advance the value of core contracts. Over the past two years, we have seen significant progress in central contract payments and we will remain committed to the principle of improving contract value year on year. “